Mike Ko Personal Portfolio

 

Home-School Education
2001-2012
Hong Kong

University of Durham
Bachelor of Science
2014-2017
United Kingdom

University of Sussex

Master of Arts
2017-2018
United Kingdom



Writings & Oral Presentations


                                     

                      I always enjoyed reading ever since I was a kid, through which I learned about various things. I was also eager to share any thoughts I have formed to my family. Through this, I gradually understood the importance of effective communications. So two years ago, I began to consistently practice in conveying my knowledge and thoughts. The first step is to put them in writing. Such essays are either about original ideas of my own, or my thoughts about books that I read. The next step is then to present my writings’ ideas verbally.

                      Through writings and oral presentations, I strove to communicate my ideas accurately, efficiently and effectively. From that stage, I believe written and oral presentations shall be absolutely vital. I shall certainly maintain this commitment all the way through my university studies. Late former US President Gerald Ford had commented that if he could study at university again, he would definitely focus on improving his writing and presentation skills. Nothing is more important than effective communications between people. I think this also applies to being good scholars. One of their duties is to express their discoveries to others through comprehensible text and speech.

                      Below are the 20 essays that I have written in my Advanced period. Twelve belong to Commentary, where upon finishing science-related books I would express my thoughts about its subject. The remaining eight are Original writings about my own thoughts. In addition to text, I have orally presented these writings with videos I included here as well. These presentations are not intended to be strict transcripts of my writings, but as expressions of my thoughts. Please note that these presentations were recorded using a small digital camera, hence the background audio may inevitably sound noisy. Plus, it can only take videos 30 minutes long, so presentations over 30 minutes must be done in two halves.


Commentary:

12. From Eternity to Here - The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time ( 2013 - 1,776 words; 28 min )

11. Six Degrees - Our Future on a Hotter Planet ( 2012 - 1,676 words; 26 min )

10. Sense & Nonsense - Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Behavior ( 2012 - 1,805 words; 29 min )

9. Quantum Physics - Illusion or Reality? ( 2012 - 1,382 words; 29 min )

8. Guns, Germs, and Steel ( 2012 - 1,139 words; 16 min )

7. In Search of the Multiverse ( 2011 - 1,642 words; 24 min )

6. The Greatest Show on Earth - The Evidence for Evolution ( 2011 - 872 words;
    10 min )

5. What is Life ( 2011 - 1,044 words; 16 min )

4. 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know ( 2011 - 723 words; 9 min )

3. The Future of Life ( 2010 - 1,319 words; 15 min )

2. When Physics Became King ( 2010 - 1,320 words; 15 min )

1. Einstein 1905 - The Standard of Greatness ( 2010 - 965 words; 12 min )

 

Original:

8. Why do many University Students Fear and Hate Giving Presentations? ( 2013 - 826 words; 10 min )

7. Perspectives on Global Warming ( 2012 - 2,944 words; 48 min )

6. Opinions on Human Behavior from Evolutionary Principles ( 2012 - 1,408 words;
    22 min )

5. Religion and the Irrational Mindset ( 2012 - 2,257 words; 39 min )

4. Is Resource Scarcity Due to Overpopulation ( 2011 - 4,802 words; 58 min )

3. The Case for Genetically Modified Food ( 2011 - 3,573 words; 43 min )

2. On the Matter of Stem Cells ( 2010 - 3,140 words; 36 min )

1. The Nature of Science ( 2010 - 1,563 words; 18 min )

 

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